Burdwan District Magistrate Saumitra Mohan said that West Bengal Governor Keshri Nath Tripathy gave the state award for Best District to Burdwan for its excellent feat towards empowerment of persons with disabilities on 'World Disability Day' on December 3.
Mohan informed that 26 Disability Camps have been held in 23 blocks of the district so far and 10 more would be held in the district by December this year.
Around 14,814 persons have attended the camps where 9,412 persons have been screened and 7,233 persons reviewed and/or issued Disability Certificate and Identity Cards, the District Magistrate said on Friday.
Regular Camps are being organized by Block Medical Officer Health (BMOH) at the PHC level.
He said the district administration issued over 650 Legal Guardianship Certificates till date and has set a target of 1000 by March 2015.
Mohan said Burdwan district has a quota of 3253 Disability pension which has been exhausted as the district administration has sanctioned 3253 Disability pension to 3253 persons.
The Disability pension are being disbursed through bank accounts only from April 2014 to ensure legitimate beneficiaries get the pension, he said adding that the district administration has requested the state government to enhance the district's quota of Disability pension.
On Disability Scholarship of Rs 300 which are given to disabled school students, he said the district has also exhausted its quota of 430 Disability Scholarship as same number of scholarship are being to disabled students.
A fully operational District Disability Rehabilitation Centre has come up at 'Bankura More' of Burdwan town, the DM said.
He said around 131 Prosthetic Aids were distributed this year in the district among disabled persons.

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